Professional wrestling legend Jim Ross recently revealed the name of the wrestler who was not happy with Eric Bischoff joining WWE back in 2002. Ross, however, did not guarantee the name but it was more of an opinion.
When WCW closed down after WWE purchased the promotion, a lot of people lost their jobs. Some of the workers and wrestlers from the promotion WWE as Vince McMahon decided to sign them. The same thing happened with ECW as well.
Jim Ross Reveals Who Was Not Happy With Eric Bischoff Joining WWE
One of the most shocking names that arrived to WWE from WCW had to be the former Boss of WCW Eric Bischoff. Fan square in absolute disbelief after they saw Eric Bischoff has arrived to WWE. He was instantly given the general manager role of Monday Night RAW. He is considered as one of the best heel authority figures in WWE history.
According to Jim Ross, there was at least one person who was unhappy with Eric Bischoff signing with WWE. Ross repeat it was none other than “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. The sixteen times World Champion was unhappy with WCW before he left the promotion and he was happy that the promotion closed down. However, he was unhappy with a lot of people losing their jobs.
Jim Ross in a recent episode of the Grilling JR talked about Ric Flair being upset with Eric bischoff signing with the World Wrestling Entertainment. He gave some reasons behind his opinion as well. He said;
“Of course. Eric was just another talent. Any talent coming onto the roster, I was involved in because that was my territory. Sometimes I didn’t know all the creative plans and machinations that were planned, but somebody has to negotiate a contract and somebody has to get them signed up.
“Even though you can agree in principle, sometimes agreeing to the mathematics of the deal can be a little bit challenging…..I thought it was a very bold move because for whatever reason, Eric was not liked by a lot of guys because of past WCW business and so forth.
“I think the only person I can remember [being upset] after all these years – we’re talking 2002 here – was Flair. Some wounds take longer to heal than others. But it still comes back to the bottom line of your job.
“This is your job. Look, Bischoff took me off the air in WCW, and I didn’t hate him. The best thing that ever happened to me, at that time, was coming to work for Vince. I made great money and was there for over a quarter of a century. Eric and I are great friends, but we weren’t always. I got over it and my ego got back in check to some degree.
“I believe it was a one-off opportunity. With all due respect, I didn’t need to see a series of matches between two untrained pro wrestlers. They weren’t even in the pro wrestler category. That’s saying that respecfully. But a one-off built correctly? Yeah, it would’ve added to a significant pay-per-view. But to see it more than once, we’re getting into dangerous waters I think.”
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